A former Zionsville gymnastics coach has been convicted of child abuse following allegations of abuse by a former athlete where he worked.
The Boone County prosecutor’s office on Wednesday announced that 33-year-old Kenneth Arnold has been found guilty of three counts of child abuse, a level 1 felony, after a trial in the bench. The charges stem from an investigation involving a minor, then 14 years old, that revealed the abuse took place at the InterActive Academy between 2014 and 2016.
According to police in court records, the gymnast said Arnold touched her inappropriately every time she went to practice, or about three to four times a week.
Arnold has previously been the subject of two separate child abuse investigations that allegedly took place during the same time period. The gym’s management said he was fired when the first reports of the abuse allegations surfaced.
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Prosecutors said a jury could not rule in one of those cases, and in the other case, a plea agreement was reached after the child’s parents decided they did not want a trial.
“There are no words that can express my gratitude to the victim, the victim’s family and the prosecution’s team. These kinds of cases are extremely difficult to attempt, both from an evidentiary and from an emotional standpoint,” Boone County Prosecutor Kent Eastwood said in a statement. “Results like these are a testament to the dedicated effort and teamwork consistently displayed by law enforcement and investigative agencies in Boone County.”
Arnold will be sentenced on November 21.
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